We say goodbye to the class of 2016!29 November 2016
November 23rd: An evening of celebration and best wishes for future success for our former students
Students, teachers and parents were all reunited last Wednesday to celebrate five years of study, teamwork and friendship. The class of 2016, who last crossed the college threshold to collect their exam results envelopes, returned in a more relaxed manner to catch up with staff and see old school friends.
At the invitation of Marie Hunter, parents and students attended a drinks reception. Ceremonies were hosted by former Head Girl and Head Boy, Hannah Barlow and Bertie Duncan. Ms Hunter welcomed the students who are now happily pursuing college courses and apprenticeships. They were, she said, ‘an incredibly special group of people’, and ‘an inspirational year group’, having achieved the best GCSE results in the college’s history.
Guest speaker for the evening was Professor Geoff Smith, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Falmouth University, well-known composer, music artist, and founder of the Bath School of Music and Performing Arts. He commended them as a generation with the talent, curiosity and creativity to tackle the complex challenges of our society. He quoted Dawn French, whose message to graduating university students he felt applied perfectly to this audience: ‘It is your right and duty to enjoy your lives!’
The Mayor of Penryn, Councillor Mark Snowdon, was warmly welcomed, and with Professor Smith, congratulated every student for their achievements as they took to the stage. The appreciative audience of parents and students applauded certificate winners and enjoyed videos capturing the school years of the class of 2016.
Awards for Subject Excellence were presented by Heads of Departments, and Heads of House gave their awards to students with exemplary attitudes to learning: Freya Dibble, Rebecca Grove, Mark Pearson, Tyde d’Souza, Chloe Newman, Fiona Carruthers, Eve Miller, Chevonne Johanning, Conor Newton-Collins, Harry Brumpton, Maisie Perrin, Emi Hopkins, Reece Toms, Amy Campbell, Rosie May-Bennett, Zack Martin, Sarah Frost, Summer Porter, Bertie Duncan, Grace McConnell, Aaron Cohring, Mhairi MacLeod, Megan Whitbread-Jordan, Cameron Wilson and Cameron MacLennan.
Deputy Headteachers Tamsin Schouten and Paul Walker gave Awards for Most Progress to Amy Campbell, Chevonne Johanning, Dan Peck, Jamie Willmott, Cameron Wilson, Calvin Barker, Mia Fulcher, Megan Glover, Rosie May-Bennett and Eve Miller. Finally, Headteacher Marie Hunter was delighted to give the Headteacher’s Awards for Academic Excellence to Hannah Barlow and Benno Marstaller who both achieved 14 A/A* GCSE grades in the summer.
Marie Hunter was presented with flowers by the Head Boy and Girl who expressed gratitude on behalf of all the students for their headteacher’s support and commitment to their individual success throughout their time at Penryn College.